The Day of the Dead

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Mexico  , Pacific Coast,
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Being abruptly awoken is never fun. More so when it happens at the crack of dawn by a BIG BRASS BAND! I kid you not! It jolted me instantly into an upright position. Literally, as soon as the Day of the Dead dawned around 6:30am so did the celebrations and it didn't stop until around midnight.

The 2nd November is a public holiday on which Mexicans celebrate the lives of their dead. The festivities start the day before though, a day dedicated to passed infants and children or "Little Angels". They gather their family and friends to pray for their deceased at dedicated altars and hold vigils- at their house or at the cemetery. 

But in Sayulita the altars are displayed in the plaza in the town centre. It was interesting to see the goings-on and to get a closer look - candle-lit photos of the deceased surrounded by their favourite foods and clothing items, letters to them, flowers and sugar skulls.

Initially we felt like intruders. We hesitated to turn people's sadness into photo opportunities so we just observed. That is, until our restaurant owner buddy, Josue, explained: "That's what it's there for! Besides, people aren't sad. Their loved ones are in a better place. They're celebrating. And... they're all hoping to win first prize".

Not sure who won in the end but the Smoking Granny gets my vote!
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